Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Divination & Oracles Page

Abstract Concepts In Art Glossary

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
--- 1. Types
--- 2. Deities/Oracles
--- 3. Equipment
- Outline
- Deities According to Function
- Buddhist Worldly Protectors
- Confusions
- Others...

Videos:
- Divination & Oracles (7 minutes)
- Nechung Chogyong (5 minutes)
- Divination and Buddhism in Tibet, Brandon Dotson (1 hour, 13 minutes)

Many of the Tibetan Worldly deities are employed in divination rituals. The deities listed above, two of which are Wisdom Deities, Manjushri and Shri Devi are the most commonly used. The Hevajra system employs several different techniques.

1. Types & Topics:
- Ritual: Technique, Meditation & Retreat
- Astrology
- Geomancy
- Prophecy
- Dreams
- Omen: weather, crow, dreams, others

2. Deities & Oracle Rituals:
- Manjushri
- Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo
- Nechung Chogyong (Pehar)
- Dorje Setrab
- Tsiu Marpo
- Dorje Shugden
- King Gesar
- Tseringma
- Yudronma
- Others...

3. Equipment:
- Mala (Prayer Beads)
- Dice
- Mirror
- Drum
- Arrow
- Sheep Bone
- String (ju-tig)
- Bowl of Water
- Skullcup
- Thumbnail
- Rebirth Game
- Others...

Monastery & Divination Deity
- Samye (U-tsang): Tsi’u Marpo
- Nechung (U-tsang): Pehar Gyalpo
- Gadong (U-tsang): Pehar Gyalpo
- Chojin Lama Temle (Mongolia): Dorje Shugden
- Others...

Jeff Watt 6-2017 [updated 1-2019, 8-2022]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).